mercoledì 28 ottobre 2015

COVER REVEAL: Full Domain by Kindle Alexander



TITLE: Full Domain 

AUTHOR: Kindle Alexander 

SERIES: Nice Guys #3

BOOK DESCRIPTION




Honor, integrity, and loyalty are how Deputy US Marshal Kreed Sinacola lives his life. A former SEAL now employed by the Special Operations Group of the US Marshal Service, Kreed spent most of his life working covert operations and avoiding relationships. Never one to mix business with pleasure, his boundaries blur and his convictions are put to the test when he finally comes face-to-face with the hot computer geek he’s been partnered with. Hell-bent on closing the ongoing case for his longtime friend, he pushes past his own limits and uncovers more than he expects.

Aaron Stuart strives for one thing: justice. Young and full of idealism, his highly sought after computer skills land him a position with the National Security Agency. Aaron’s biggest hazard at his job is cramped fingers, but all that changes when he is drawn into the middle of a dangerous federal investigation. Aaron gets more than he bargained for when the FBI partners him with a handsome and tempting deputy US marshal. His attraction to the inked up, dark-haired man provides another kind of threat altogether. Aaron tries desperately to place a firewall around his heart and fight his developing feelings, knowing one misstep on his part could ultimately destroy him.

The solution isn’t as easy as solving the case, which is treacherous enough as it is. But the growing sexual attraction between them threatens to derail more than just Kreed’s personal convictions as he quickly learns temptation and matters of the heart rarely fit easily into the rules he’s lived by. Will Kreed be able to convince Aaron to open his heart and face the fact that sometimes the answers aren’t always hidden in code?
  


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lunedì 26 ottobre 2015

REVIEW: A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase

TITLE: A Fortunate Blizzard

AUTHOR: L.C. Chase

PUBLICATION: November 2nd 2015 by Riptide Publishing

ARC provided from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review


 MY RATE: 5 STARS *****

There are worse things than being stranded in a blizzard.

Artist Trevor Morrison has always appreciated the little things in life, treating each day as a gift. And with good reason: he’s been on the transplant-recipient list for too long now. When he learns just how numbered his days truly are, he resolves not to take them for granted. But he won’t be unrealistic, either—which means romantic commitments are off the table.

Marcus Roberts seems to have it all. He’s handsome, financially sound, and on the fast track to partnership at a prestigious law firm. In reality, though, his drive for success has meant no time for friends or relationships. Add in the fact that his family discarded him long ago, and he’s facing yet another holiday season alone.

When the biggest snowstorm to hit Colorado in decades leaves Marc and Trevor stranded at the same hotel, a chance encounter and a night of passion leads to more than either of them expected. Finding comfort in each other is a welcome surprise, but time is not on their side. Either they find a way to beat the odds, or they lose each other forever.


 
The perfect romantic story to read under the Christmas Tree. Sweet, heartwarming, I loved everything about this book.
I usually don’t like love-at-first-sight stories, but the chemistry the bursts between Trevor and Marc when they first met is so genuine that feels simply right to happen. The connection between them is deep and intense. Stucked in an hotel during a blizzard they decide to give that night a chance and for that single night to feel loved, normal and whole again.
Trevor is an artist and he’s dying for a renal failure. His blood type is so rare that to find a match for a transplant it’s quite impossible. Trevor is at a crossroad, his time is running out. He has to decide to live the little time remained attached to a machine and in constant pain or stop the dialysis and run towards his fate as fast as possible. After so many years in dialysis and with no options and hope left, he knows what to do. Trevor is loved and supported by a big and loving family.
"He glanced at himself in the mirror. How could he look so...normal, yet be so sick that he was literally knocking on death's door?"
Marc is a lawyer. Rejected by his own family he has only one goal in mind: become a successful lawyer to prove his mother to be worth of her love. He wants her mother to be proud of him and he sacrifices everything for this: love, friendship and his secret passion to be an artist.
After a few days spent together Trevor comes back to his family with the awareness and the peace of mind to have made the right choice and to have helped Marc to find himself again. Marc realizes to have wasted his life searching the approval of a family who doesn’t deserve his fight and not worth of his love. For Marc it’s time to let go of his past and it’s like to come out of the darkness. He was blind. Blind at love and to be loved. He finds that around him there are friends willing to help and support him just because they are friends. 
 "He stared up at his friends, all crowded into the mobile lab beside him, and let the tears flow freely. His friends. People who didn't judge his worth based on success, position, or status, but who cared because they simply liked him."
Marc would give evrything to save Trevor. Trevor would give evrything to be saved.
"All the success, prestige, and wealth in the world didn't mean a thing if he couldn't use it to save Trevor's life."
I fell in love with Trevor and Marc. They aren’t perfect (apart from being gorgeous!!!) and this makes them more real.
It’s a story about love, hope, trust, friendship and meet the perfect match (in every sense!)
I cried a lot, but the happy ending is worth of all the tears.
I loved the alternating Marc and Trevor’s POV.
Drama and romance is really well balanced.
A page-turner book. Highly recommended. 
"Life is uncertain and unfair, but it's also beautiful and meant to be lived as fully as we can." 


domenica 25 ottobre 2015

REVIEW: Hold On To Me by Lucia Franco

TITLE: Hold On To Me

AUTHOR: Lucia Franco

SERIE: All or Nothing #2

PUBLICATION:Published June 2nd 2015

(first published May 31st 2015)


MY RATE: 4 STARS ****



John Jackson.

He’s a sweet talking Georgia boy, rough around the edges with an irresistible smile. John sets his sights on the new girl, determined to show her what his small town is about. But she isn’t as accepting as he thought and she rejects him at every turn.

The beauty and boldness of Alyssa Winters stirs John’s blood. She quickly works her way under his skin and becomes a constant in his life – his best friend, his other half. As the attraction between the two friends grows, John wants more.

She pushes, he pulls.

When one reckless night of fun wreaks havoc on John, Alyssa risks it all to ease his pain, giving him the one thing he desires most...her. But John’s sadness runs too deep, the damage, irreparable.

He runs, she falls.

John must work to prove himself. Despite everything, Alyssa is the one person he doesn't want to live without. The stakes are high, and he’s willing to bet it all. Even if it means he’s left to suffer alone

 ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

A journey into the world of young people, in that age where they are no longer kids, but not even adults. In that Limbo in which they believe they can have and do everything, where bad choices may have serious repercussions on their future.A history of great friendships and painful losses.John and Alyssa come from two different experiences. John has a family that loves him and supports him in his choices. Alyssa lives with a mother who has never accepted her. When Alyssa moves in Georgia, she soon becomes friend with John and his friends Jace and Ford.But an error, a bad choice, and Jace looses his the life and nothing will be the same agian.
"Jace was gone. Dead. A life cut short. All because they got little too reckless one night. They thought they were on top of the world, kings that no one could touch in their small town. Little did they know, they were just pawns in the grand scheme of things because when death came knocking, it didn't matter who you were or what you did, death took who it wanted."
In this painful moment John realizes that Alyssa is not just a friend, and Alyssa makes a mistake that leads her to live her personal Hell.John, however, decides to transform his and Alyssa's life in a Paradise remedying any errors made.
"Hold on to me and don't let go. Let me be your anchor. Let me in, Alyssa..."
The path is tortuous, made of tough decisions and the fear to fail again. It is a continuous journey in search of the lost happiness and confidence.
"It takes compromise. A relationship is a work in progress. There is not one relationship that isn't."
Personally I did not agree on Alyssa's choices, she so stubborn that I found her quite unpleasant, but her desire for indipendence and her strenght to accept the consequences of her mistake made her a very determined woman. 
John is too sympathetic and loving. I came to think that Alyssa did not deserve his love and his family that welcomed her as a daughter.
In certain situations John seems weak, but he's the opposite. The pain for the loss of Jace made him a mature grown man.
"Life is a wild and unruly path, there will be bumps and mountains along the way, but having your other half with you makes it easer. No one knew the outcome, everything happens for a reason."
In this book the charactres are not perfect and this is what makes the story real.
A book full of emotions and true feelings.
The writing is fluid, never boring or too dramatic.
A good book I would recommend to everyone, young and old.

mercoledì 7 ottobre 2015

REVIEW: Courage That Counts by Elison Grace

TITLE: Courage That Counts

AUTHOR: Elison Grace

SERIES: Loveland Fire Series #1

PUBLICATION: Published April 1st 2015 (first published March 20th 2015)


MY RATING: 5 STARS *****





Firefighters and best friends, Dylan and Roy, face death on a daily basis. Now they face death personally when Roy is diagnosed with a terminal disease.

Lana, a nurse, becomes the strength Dylan needs when everything is crashing down around him. Will he have the courage to push past the unknown?

When the life he has known goes up in flames will the love of his life rise out of the ashes?

****Warning tissues needed





Book received from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review

I picked and requested this book for a review because I liked the cover and I didn't even read the storyline. And this book really surprised me.

Emotional, touching, especially for someone like me that have faced the struggle and the pain to see the one I loved to be consumed and taken away for an incurable cancer.

I cried, a lot, at every page. I felt a real connection with Michelle and Dylan. It takes courage to stay strong, to be the rock for someone else and survive after the storm.

And in the middle of Hell there is the love story between Lana and Dylan, and it's like a piece of Paradise.

And when Dylan went for his memorial tattoo for his best fried Roy, I cried all day long, because I did the same (in memory of my brother) a few weeks ago.

I felt deeply connected with all the characters. When you're in the middle of the storm you feel desperate, helpless and alone. But if you look around you, you'll always find your “rock”.



...nobody can be strong all of the time. I know you are going to fall apart and so am I. We need to fall apart together that way we have each other to hold up the broken pieces so we can get through this.”



Sometimes I felt so shaken that I needed to close the book for a moment, to work through my feelings.



That's what sucks about death, the living are all a little demaged by the loss and there's nothing anyone can do about it. We all knew it was coming, but it doesn't make it any easier to handle.”



The story and the wrinting is simple and it is this simplicity in telling a story so sad and touching that makes this book so beautiful.



What Roy and Michelle had, even though it ended before they were ready was the most amazing love. It was epic, tragic, and magical. If it was a love story, it would span the ages. I don't know that there is a love out there that could be as amazing as the love between the two of them, but I would like to try to find a love like that.”



I loved how the author highlighted the concept that we need to build goods memories of the people we love because they'll be the goods memories to help us to overcome the sadness and the void.



That tattoo Dylan has is for him to look at and remember your daddy. I know sometimes it can be sad when you miss him, but the way to make yourself happy is to remember all of the good times you shared with him. All of the happy memories are important to hold onto and share.”



The end of the book seemed to me a little bit rushed, but left me with the curiosity to read about Carrie and Cory.
 





sabato 3 ottobre 2015

REVIEW: Coming In From The Cold By Sarina Bowen

TITLE: Coming In From The Cold

AUTHOR: Sarina Bowen

SERIES: Gravity #1

PUBLICATION: March 13th 2015 (first published May 1st 2014)


MY RATING: 4 STARS ***




He can't have her. And he can't tell anyone why.

Ski racer Dane "Danger" Hollister does not do relationships, though he keeps his reason a secret. The real-life curse he's inherited from his mother will eventually cost him everything: his place on the Olympic ski team, his endorsement income, and his ability to fly downhill at top speed.

Reluctant country girl Willow Reade meets Dane by accident. Literally. Her skidding truck forces him off the road during a blizzard. Stranded together in his Jeep as night falls, the two loneliest people in Vermont find themselves sharing more than they'd planned. And not just conversation.

Yet neither can guess how their unlikely tryst will threaten Dane's frightening secret and Willow's tentative peace with her own choices. Only mutual trust and understanding can end their pain and give them a hard won shot at love.



This book has been given to me by the author through novelreviewers.com in exchange of an honest review

This is the first book in the Gravity series and another great book from Sarina Bowen.
It's the love story between Willow and Dane.
She's a young girl diasapponted by her past relationships and bad choices, left alone to run a farm, and with debts. Trapped in this situation she's not able to fulfill her dream to become a psychologist.

Honesty is supposed to be the best policy. But sometimes honesty bites us in the ass.”

“Danger” Dane is a famous ski champion that is fighting with a demon he belives he can't defeat: a family illness that has already taken away his mother and his brother. He has the certainty that the demon is coming for him, too. That's why he's a champion and the faster skier. On the snow he fears nothing, not even for his life, because there is nothing left to lose and no future for him.

Nowhere on earth was Dane more aware of his own fagile mortality than on this particular property, where inside the building people lay bent and broken in a hundred different ways.”

But destiny has is way to bring these two lost soul together. Willow and Dane met during a blizzard. Stucked in Dane's pick up the flame of passion explodes at instant sight, and it's powerful. They can't resist each other, as they're craving what they missed more in their life: Love.

Heaven help him, but this girl was like kryptonite on his willpower.”

From that night they'll be connected forever. Even if they try to stay away from each other, there is a force, like Gravity, stronger than their willpower that pull them together.
Their connection is conflicted, but sweet and heartwarmig.
I loved how the story progressed.
Willow is smart, she thinks to be unlucky and I love how she handles her life with strong determination. She is sweet and honest.
Dane comes to realize that without health you've nothing. No money and no fame can save you from a situation of Gravity. Sometimes he acts like a jerk and an idiot (why do not test yourself before?) but beneath this surface he's really a good and sexy guy.
Sarina Bowen's characters are not perfect or always likeable, and that's why they're so believable and true. Her story it's not sugar coated.

That's how things always unraveled—one misaligned turn led to an even bigger one. Each mistake raised the stakes for the next one, leading to even bigger corrections. Just like real life.”

After reading this book: I won't look again at the back of a green Jeep in the same way, and this winter I won't be annoyed to watch skiers on tv.